Arthur Smith was the grandson of Archibald and Anne Smith. He attended the Citadel and graduated from the University of Georgia in 1902. Arthur then went to Paris to study architecture at Ecole des Beaux Arts from 1907 to 1909. After returning to the United States, Arthur worked as an architect on projects such as Atlanta City Hall and the Supreme Court buildings of Florida and North Carolina. Arthur married Mary Norvell in December of 1940, when he was 60 years old. The couple renovated Arthurís ancestral home to use in the summer. They added indoor plumbing, wallpaper, electricity, and an indoor kitchen in the 1940s. Arthur and Mary also raised the roof of the front porch and added the tall, square columns (